SALEM - Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership owner John Kufleitner said he is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for stealing catalytic converters from 40 trucks at his Salem and Columbiana locations.
The thefts were reported Monday morning to police agencies in the two cities.
"I just think it's rotten," Kufleitner said.
He said anyone with information about the thefts at either dealership needs to contact the proper police agency and identify themselves. The reward will cover information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief and the return of the stolen property.
The catalytic converters were removed from new diesel Dodge Ram trucks. Kufleitner said insurance will cover the cost of replacing the parts, but he indicated he wants to see something done to whomever is responsible.
Columbiana Police Chief Tim Gladis said there were 12 catalytic converters stolen from the Columbiana dealership the same time converters were stolen from the Salem dealership.
In a post on the department's Facebook page Monday evening the chief said the converters were taken from several 2013 Dodge Ram pickup trucks in the Columbiana lot.
He is encouraging anyone with knowledge of anyone selling or scrapping catalytic converters to contact him or Detective Wade Boley.
"Anyone going to the Canfield swap meet next weekend, please take a look around for anyone selling catalytic converters," he said on the Facebook page.
A Salem police spokesman said they were still gathering information and had no leads Monday afternoon.
Salem Chrysler Jeep Dodge is located on Legacy Lane off of North Ellsworth Avenue and can be seen from the bypass. Columbiana Chrysler Jeep Dodge is located on state Route 14, southeast of state Route 164.
Salem Police can be contacted at 330-337-7811 while Columbiana Police can be reached at 330-482-9292. Anonymous tips also can also be sent directly to Gladis via www.columbianapd.org